I have stayed at the Fern several times over the years and have found it to be a very relaxing, friendly and even pampering experience. this is a resort that dates back many years and it has matured well and benefits from the experience of making guests feel special and part of the family. For many it has been a family tradition and a home away from home.
Some of the rooms are a bit dated but always clean and comfortable. There are a variety of cabins that appear inviting and a real sense of community in the common spaces - pools, decks, lounges and even the dining room.
The drive up the tree-lined drive sets just the right welcoming tone. Situated on a point of land in the narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching provides plenty of access to the water, scenic views that include lots of wildlife. While relaxing one of several hammocks near docks, enjoying the breeze from the water, I was pleasantly surprised by a huge heron that landed on a dock and strolled past me less than 3 meters away while he fished for dinner.
Speaking of dinner, the food is fantastic. Several of us remarked that it is every bit as good as on the cruise ship with many savoury and sweet selections to chose from. It is all inclusive so you can try a variety of interesting dishes, morning, noon and evening. The serving staff are very professional and attentive and very friendly. They add to the homey feeling and go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
There is lots to do at the Fern in the water, on the water or just around the water or on the other hand it is a great place to do nothing. There do not appear to be any poor spots as far as location in the resort or rooms to avoid. It all seems to work well so find something that suits your style. If it is the winter, most cabins and rooms have a working fireplace!
Tip: If you are looking for a club, group or corporate venue for a conference or event put the Fern high on your list. They go out of their way to look after you and to accommodate your needs at no extra cost. They are a class act.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fern Resort and the Conference Centre at Fern are located along the shores of Lake Couchiching in the city of Orillia. We offer all inclusive packages for both family vacation stays as well as meeting and conference stays. All meals, use of facilities and at specific times of the year, we offer activity programs for all ages, children supervision and nightly entertainment. Established in 1895, Fern has a long tradition of offering our guests with good olde fashion hospitality in a professional and friendly manner. Whether it's the traditional family vacation, a little getaway weekend or a sales meeting or corporate seminar, Fern Resort and the Conference Centre at Fern should be your venue of choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fern Hotel Orillia
- Fern Orillia
- Fern Resort Orillia, Ontario